Abby Sun is a filmmaker, photographer, and programmer, currently working as the spring 2020 curator for the DocYard. She also interviews filmmakers and attends festivals as a freelance film writer, and has served as an industry representative on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, SFFILM, Center for Asian American Media, the LEF Foundation, the IDA’s Getting Real conference, and other filmmaker funding and support organizations. Her latest short film, “Cuba Scalds His Hand” (co-directed with Daniel Garber) premiered at Maryland Film Festival in 2019. Abby is on the advisory board for SVLLY(wood) and previously held positions as the senior editor for Nat. Brut and programmer for True/False Film Fest and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

Through her work, Abby is interested in proposing a way of resisting, in Teju Cole’s words, “the dominant, colonial power that wants to document and catalog everything”—to consider the power dynamics in the documentary form’s inherent smudging of reality. Her hometown is Columbia, Missouri, US.

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